ATHENS, Ga. --- Three Georgia football players have been named to the Butkus Award Watch List while another pair of Bulldogs have been included on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
Sophomore outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, junior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins and senior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson are three of the nine Southeastern Conference players named to the Butkus Award Watch List. The Butkus is given to the nation’s top linebacker each year.
Floyd and Wilson were also two of the 123 players listed on the Lombardi Award Watch List. The Lombardi is given to the college lineman of the year.
Floyd, a native of Eastman, Ga., earned Freshman All-America honors after leading all SEC freshmen with 6.5 sacks last season. Floyd finished 2013 with 55 tackles in only eight starts while also forcing two fumbles and blocking a field goal at Auburn.
Jenkins, a native of Hamilton, Ga., was an All-SEC Second Team selection in 2013 after starting all 13 games and finishing with a team-leading 12 tackles for loss. Jenkins tallied 45 tackles on the year and added two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Wilson, a native of Tampa, Fla., was an All-SEC First Team performer after leading the league in tackles with 133 stops. He picked up 11 tackles for loss and four sacks during his 13 games on the field and posted a career-high 18 stops during the showdown with Auburn.
The Bulldogs start the season at home in Sanford Stadium versus Clemson on August 30. ESPN will televise the 5:30 p.m. matchup.